Permit Center

The Permit Center is responsible for overseeing and managing permit intake, review, tracking, and issuing land use, building and construction permits ranging from simple permits to permits for complex development projects.

The type of permit you need to execute your project will depend on what type of project you are working on. The Permit Center has staff from Planning, Building, and Public Works Departments available to answer questions and guide you through the application process.

Our purpose is to streamline the permit process for businesses, developers, and residents, as well as preserve and enhance the quality of the natural and built environment, contributing to Burien's quality of life.

 Service Update


Please note that we are currently experiencing delays in permit processing due to the integration of our new permitting system.

If you are having issues scheduling an inspection through MyBuildingPermit, call the inspection line (206) 248-5525 to schedule.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this transition!

We are going “paperless” to help the environment! What this means for our customers:

  • All permit building, land use applications, and payments must be submitted on MyBuildingPermit. Paper and email submissions are no longer accepted.
  • For the Fire Protection System permit application only, use the fillable PDF form on our website. This application will become available on MyBuildingPermit in August.
  • Site plans must be submitted in CAD (Computer Aided Design) format with digital copies of supporting reports and documents.
  • Assistance for less complex permit application submittals may be provided as determined on a case-by-case basis.

Permit Activity Map

Explore an interactive map of activity permitted in the City of Burien within the past 18 months. Works best on larger screens.

Screenshot of Permit Activity Map.

Updated August 15, 2023

Permit Center Hours


In-person Service Hours

Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon 

Telephone and Email Service Hours

Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Permit Center Closed Daily, noon – 1:00 p.m. and on Fridays

Contact Us

Building Division

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Planning Division

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Public Works Department

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Special Events

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Call Us

 (206) 241-4647